Wednesday, August 17, 2011

grace is power

"Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon." ~ John Piper

Grace is power. 
Do I think of it that way?
Power to forgive.
Power to give when I think I don't have the strength or ability or resources to give any more.
Power to stand up for what is right.
Power to do what is right.
Power to start each day as a new, blank slate.

Grace is not only meek and mild. Grace is strong and bold.  A gracefULL life stands out like a flower in a patch of weeds and brush because the actions and attitude of grace are so contrary to much of what goes on in the world today.

"And from His fullness, we all have received, grace upon grace." John 1:16 (ESV)

I cannot be graceFULL on my own efforts. The gift of extending grace, being shown grace, and having grace bestowed on me cycles again and again, and as it does, I am filled.
 






2 comments:

  1. Grace is power. Have I ever looked at it this way? No. But I need to .

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  2. A gracefULL life stands out like a flower in a patch of weeds and brush because the actions and attitude of grace are so contrary to much of what goes on in the world today.

    beautiful, friend. so beautiful.

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